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evening, brian. tonight the guardian published more classified information, claiming the nsa can read content of e-mail and online chats without court approval. the intelligence community is firing back saying the program known as x keystone is only use ed against foreign terror suspects and the nsa is doing its own disclosures. today, a brief new look inside the secrets of the nsa. the director of national intelligence released several documents to show fisa court oversight of the spy program that sweeps up americans' phone record data. and the government acknowledged using a wider net than previously known in what is called hop analysis. the nsa tracks a call made by a terror suspect, but can then track all the records linked to anyone the first suspect calls. and on to anyone each of those callers contact, and so on. senator dick durbin was clearly uneasy. >> when you look at the reach of this program, and it envelops a substantial number of americans. >> reporter: frustration today between senators and the intelligence community, starting with how nsa leaker edward snowden was eve
admitted his hand was forced when he announced a series of reforms for the controversial nsa surveillance programs. trying to mitigate the damage done to him politically by nsa leaker edward snowden, the president announced new steps to try to restore public confidence in the controversial nsa surveillance program. the president refused, though, to give any credit today to snowden. >> is your mindset changed about him? is he now more whistle-blower than he is a hacker? is he a patriot? >> no, i don't think mr. snowden was a patriot. as i said in my opening remarks, i called for a thorough review of our surveillance operations before mr. snowden made these leaks. i actually think we would have gotten to the same place. and we would have done so without putting at risk our national security. >> reporter: among the reforms, work with congress to change how the nsa collects massive amounts of phone records, mandate more transparency by the secret court that regularly approves the surveillance. and create a task force of private citizens, including civil libertarians to review the programs. >>
's been too soft on russia and accused nsa leaker edward snowden. >> mr. snowden's being granted asylum in russia is a signal of incredibly bad relations between the united states and russia. and mr. putin putting his thumb right in america's eye. >> reporter: senator john mccain argued that the president underestimated his russian counterpart. >> and i know they like to focus on body language, and he's got that kind of slouch looking like the bored kid in the back of the classroom. >> the president comparing him to the kid in the back of the classroom, i think is very indicative of his lack of appreciation of who vladimir putin is. >> reporter: and renewed debate today about the president's defense of the nsa surveillance programs. >> finally came out last friday trying to come up with ways to salvage the program by window dressing. >> i applaud the president for bringing us there and talking about how do we educate the public that we need this program. >> reporter: all this as snowden's father says he now has the papers to visit his son in russia whom he continues to defend. >> what i
. >>> walking free, despite warnings from the u.s. not to do it. russia has given a home to nsa leaker eard snowden and the showdown with the u.s. just got worse. >> new parts. the choice millions of us are making to get out of chronic knee pain and get new ones installed. tonight, dr. nancy snyderman on one of the most popular surgeries for americans. some who put it off for far too long. >>> and making history. a woman who has already broken barriers now on the verge of going where no woman has ever gone before. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. as it unfolded in court today, in cleveland, ohio, a live television audience was allowed to see a man who has been described as a monster, who for over a decade held young prisoners in his home. and during his long and rambling remarks in court, he said he was sick and he appropriated the language of the addiction treatment culture to paint himself as a victim. as he tried to contend the girls he kept chained up in his home were somehow content. it was tough to watch at times especially when one of his brave victims spoke. now he will
new steps to protect the public, "the washington post" reports that nsa leaker edward snowden provided proof of the nsa's record of breaking privacy rules thousands of times. the agency says these were mistakes, not willful violations of the rules, and the white house tonight says the documents show the nsa is catching and reporting its own mistakes. >>> still ahead on "nbc nightly news," an nbc news exclusive. we return to the mountains of idaho with the riders who gave authorities their big break about the kidnapping of hannah anderson. >>> and later, news of a secret revealed after decades of speculation about what really went on inside area 51. >>> we're back tonight with the first public appearance of hannah anderson since the california teenager was rescued in the mountains of idaho last weekend. and an exclusive first look at where she was found. hannah attended a fund-raiser for her family last night in san diego. friends saying she is grateful for the support. we know that the big break in the case came from a group of horseback riders who came across anderson and her abductor
: and this morning fresh debate about the nsa's surveillance program, which intelligence officials say tipped them off about this latest threat. >> it is scary. al qaeda is on the rise in this part of the world, and the nsa program has proven its worth yet again. >> you have to be very careful about how much you represent that any particular program has contributed to our security. >> reporter: and tonight nbc is reporting that officials in pakistan has tightened security in islamabad due to a potential terror threat interethere, but s hour there's no link between the two. >> the embassy in cairo is among those affected by this order. tonight our chief foreign correspondent richard engel has more on precautions there and insight into are where this threat is coming from. >> reporter: good evening, lester. these are the side streets around the u.s. embassy here in downtown cairo. the embassy today is closed like so many embassies and consulates in the region, and as you can see the embassy tonight is right behind this very big, very imposing concrete barricade. this wall went up about a year ago af
including by his national security adviser susan rice, but the process of reforming the nsa will have to wait until congress is back in session in september. kate? >> nbc's kristen welker tonight. for more on the nsa fallout, david gregory host of "meet the press" is here. david, we just heard americans in kristen's piece, some of whom had a tough time with the idea of government surveillance. does the president van uphill battle here? >> he does to some extent. politically in washington you look at some of the opposition harassment, and he fwhooswhere to the seen today. nbc's luke russert reports. >> reporter: i will be entering a behavior counseling clinic to overgo two weeks of intensive therapy to begin the process of addressing my behavior. >> reporter: the san diego mayor will continue his treatment for sexual harassment as demands for his resignation intensified. latest from brash boeshgs, bob, you have already hurt so many people. you should step down immediately. allegations first surfaced when his communications director wept public last monchts i was placed in the filner he
. it was russia's refusal to extradite nsa leaker edward snowden even after persistent appeals including a personal phone call from president obama to putin that was the last straw. the president showed frustration last night on "the tonight show". >> there have been times when they slip back into cold war thinking and a cold war mentality. what i consistently say to them and what i say to president putin is that's the past. >> reporter: mr. obama will still attend the g-20 economic summit taking place in st. petersburg, russia. he's snubbing putin in moscow. >> the relationship with russia doesn't have to get worse. it has to get better. we may be at a low point now. but i think it's time that we find ways to make it better. >> reporter: to say the two have no personal chemistry is an understatement. from the first time they met outside moscow after mr. obama took office to their june meeting in northern ireland when putin awkwardly rebuffed the president's attempt to lighten the mood. >> the president wants to relax me with his statement. >> reporter: the leaders couldn't be more diffe
by his national security adviser susan rice, but the process of reforming the nsa will have to wait until congress is back in session in september. kate? >> kristen welker. for mer on the fallout, david gregory from "meet the press" is here tonight. we heard americans some of whom have a tough time with the idea of government surveillance. does the president have an uphill battle? are. >> he does to some extent. you look at the opposition against him and some of his own political base with liberals and libertarian conservatives, but there is a vast middle of americans who this far after 9/11 understand the threat. we had a lot of embassies close and worldwide travel alers because of the plot. there is a sense of urgency about protecting the country. the president has that room to maneuver. this far after 9-11 at a period of debate is the time to put those safeguards in. americans don't want to live in a permanent sense of surveillance or in a security state. the president believes that is also the case, but he's got like all presidents a much lower threshold for risk in the face of terror
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